KIDS KITE CAMP
Our Kids Kiteboarding Camp, run Mon-Tue-Wed, each week in Summer (June, July, August).
Ages: Kids from 9- 16 years can participate in the Camps.
Times: 10:00 am – 1:30 pm each Day.
Location: Kanaha Beach Park (western end = Kite Beach).
Why a Kids Camp? Kids are special, and they are fast learners. they learn differently from adults and they learn better with other kids. We have lots of experience teaching kite flying to young children. We have special Clinics, and activities, and mixed family sessions. Our instructors have specialty training to prepare them for our kid’s program.
Our Program: Our “Teaching Kiteboarding to Kids” Course is recognized by the IKO (International Kiteboarding Organization). and is taught is selected schools by specially trained Kiteboarding instructors. Kids lessons are shorter than adult lessons, usually lasting between one and two hours. Siblings, friends, and families can learn together as a fun group activity. Kids are very impressionable, and forming a positive first experience, is vital in shaping their attitudes to the wind and water for the rest of their lives. The first day is one of the most important in a kids Kiteboarding career. Many newcomers will decide on this day whether this is the right sport for them or not. Much depends on the experiences that kids will have in the first few hours or even minutes. At Action Sports Maui we know how important your kids first day is, and we do our very best to give kids a safe, fun and empowering experience.
About Kiteboarding: Kiteboarding isn’t especially difficult, but it is technical. The Kite acts more like a wing than a sail does. So flyers need to know how to control the kite before we give them too much power. They also have to know how to use the kite’s stopping mechanisms, called “safety systems”. After they master the kite on land, they learn to use it in the water, they need to learn how to relaunch the kite after it falls into the water. Then they learn how to use the board and kite together. “Kite-Boarding” is essentially two sports in one, kite-flying and board-riding. The board we use is very similar to a wake-board, or snowboard.
The Progression: The kiteboarding skills progression is an ordered list of skills that are needed to kiteboard. The progression has been refined over the last 18 years and has also been adapted for children too. Kiteboarding can take on average 10-15 hours to learn the basics, so it lends itself to multi-day courses and camps too. Younger kids may take several camps to get their first rides, older kids will progress at different rates depending on their background experience in other sports and water skills. We never push the students faster than their comfort level, or the level needed to maintain safety.
Kite Skills; We start with the trainer kite on land to teach kids the steering reflexes that are so important to successful kite-flying. The trainer kite is smaller than the full-size kite kids will be using in the next steps. The trainer kite allows kids to experiment with the wind and get the feel for the kite. During this process kids will also learn about wind direction, flying in the wind window, using power-zones. Bigger kids will be using the harness and using the other safety systems.
Water Skills. We move onto the larger inflatable kite. The inflatable kites are what we use in the water because they float and are able to be relaunched. Kids will discover how to handle the kite and use kite power to return to the beach and to provide locomotion. We show the correct way to set up the equipment and how to use the various safety systems. All students will wear a life jacket and harness. Then moving from the land to the water kids will learn how to launch the kite safely. The instructor takes them on a tandem run in the water. The instructor flies the kite first, demonstrating the techniques. Students then learn to fly the kite on the water without the board. This is called “body dragging”. Kids will fly the kites and “drag” away from shore, and body-surf a downwind course and steer back, return to the beach and learn the “self-exit”. Next kids learn to steer the kite “single-handed” while using the harness. (must be confident in water)
Board Skills. Kids will learn how to launch with the board, and how to recover the board in deep water. Kids will learn board handling skills, and the Theory of the waterstart. The waterstart combines the board skills with the kite-flying skills. As kids gain experience using the board and kite together, kids will learn the steady pull, and steering the board on their feet before they begin to pop up on the board and start to ride a short distance. (This activity takes kids farther from shore so it is only suitable for strong swimmers only).
Teaching Kids Lesson Program:
The Teaching Kiteboarding to Kids Program developed by our team has now been officially adopted by the IKO International Kiteboarding Organization for use by kiteboarding instructors worldwide. There is now a specialty training program for kiteboarding instructors to study in order to become qualified and certified to teach kids. Our instructors teaching the kids programs have completed the specialty training course. Kiteboard Specialty training courses are part of our commitment to ongoing instructor training, and commitment to quality instruction.
Registration: Pre-registration is required. Call us to get on the list. Each participant must have a parent or guardian sign for them.
Volunteers: Parents are welcome to watch, but for safety reasons please do not interact unless you are volunteering to help. Parents who wish to volunteer can talk to the Head coach, and ask how they can help.
Families: Kiteboarding is a great family sport. It is especially helpful to kids if another family member is also learning the sport. Young kids will do much better with parental engagement. Consider learning to kiteboard, so that you can enjoy this sport together. Ask us if you might want to lean more about this. You adults can also do some lessons at the same time as camp, just not in the camp 🙂
Friends: Kids like to learn with their friends, if they have a little buddy that they want learn with lets put them together, and they will do better. Not necessarily all siblings get along, but some siblings sometimes do well together too.
Special Needs: If your child has any special needs please let us know. Allergies (epipens), injuries, phobias, etc. Kids should bring any medication they need. If your child is too sick to participate, please call ahead to let us know, they should probably stay at home.
Health and Fitness: *Kids must be physically fit for the activity. *Please let us know if your child has any special needs we should be aware of. *Sick kids should stay home to avoid spreading germs. Kids with medical conditions affecting breathing such as asthma should be evaluated by their doctor as strenuous swimming and exertion is required during the activity. Kids with medical conditions such as epilepsy that may cause sudden loss of consciousness or seizures, cannot participate due to the risk of drowning.
What to Bring: Kids should bring their drinks and snacks. They should bring any medication they may need. We recommend that Kids bring their own booties, a Long sleeve Lycra “rashguard” shirt. Swimwear, Wetsuit, Please ensure your child already has some good waterproof sunscreen on before they arrive. Bring sunscreen and use it (mainly face, ears, neck, lower legs, as the rest is usually covered). Sunglasses are optional but good if you have them they should also have a leash.
Kids feel the cold: *Kids feel the cold more than adults, low body fat, small mass, large surface area to weight, makes them susceptible to cold. Even on a sunny day, with the wind chill and the evaporation, they can chill down quickly. So we recommend that kids bring their own “shorty” wetsuit (aka springsuit).
Preparation: *All participants must be able to swim some distance in deep water over their heads, and be comfortable in the water. All participants wear lifejackets but these are no substitute for swimming skills. All Participants should arrive each day well nourished, well hydrated, and well rested.
Camp Costs: are $450 for three days.
Bookings: Please call or text our office at 808-280-7060